GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Instead of a storm, call it a quickly passing disturbance for the end of this week.

Yes the mountain zones will be getting some light snow, but nothing compared to that “Santa Slammer” in late December that delivered 6 feet of snow (Grand Mesa snow total). At best the central and the northern mountain zones will be fighting over 3-6″ of new snow. No Winter Weather Advisories, but Craig, CO is looking at 1″, the Grand Mesa 2″, Gunnison 1″. The lower elevations/western locations will not get any snow or rain from this system. However, this is enough of a winter storm to create icy/slick driving conditions. Please use caution and heed all traction laws and emergency personal on the side of the road.

Grand Junction and Montrose are experiencing added cloud coverage Thursday night, but a clearer sky is expected by midday Friday. The cold front is expected to pass through the region late Friday afternoon and the wind speeds will be the next indication of unsettled weather. Expect a mild uptick in the wind speeds to the 10-20 mph category with a top wind gust less than 25 mph. Dry conditions will prevail for the populated valleys of the Western Slope. Saturday should be bluebird with colder temperatures. The temperatures from Sunday into next week moderate back to the low 40s, with mostly clear and dry conditions.

The next weather maker appears for the middle of next week as a cut off low pressure system that will be anchored off SOCAL. This will eventually shift eastward as our next storm opportunity, but those opportunities are dwindling as we head into the rest of January. A mostly dry pattern is emerging.